This bird is going to be in one of my stories someday:
There is just something really compelling and creepy about that steely head and those pointy claws. Love it.
The funny thing is, these birds are all over south Florida. I used to see them regularly at one of my favorite Coconut Grove dive bars, Scotty’s Landing. They would hang around the marina while the boats came and left, and try to steal my fish ‘n chips. But I only learned yesterday – thanks to stumbling across this photo on the internet – that this handsome little devil is a Boat-Tailed Grackle.